PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS FOR WOMEN AT HOME
- Women who live alone should list only their last names and
initials on their mailboxes and in the telephone directory.
- Always keep the door locked, even if you are at home and even if
you leave the house for just a few minutes.
- Never open the door automatically after a knock, Ensure that
strangers have identified themselves properly before allowing them
to enter, Utilize a peep-hole (magic-eye) to verify identification.
- Leave the light on over the door which you will be using to
enter at night. Have your key ready so that the door may be opened
- Close curtains at night.
- Never admit over the phone or to strangers that you will be
alone at home.
- Lifts: If you live in an apartment building where you know most
of the residents and find yourself in the lobby with a stranger, let
him take the lift first and wait for it to return for you. If you
are on the lift and someone’s presence makes you uneasy, get the
control panel. If someone attacks, hit the alarm button and press as
many buttons as you can so that lift will stop at any of several
- If a stranger requests the use of your phone, do not let him
enter your apartment. Place the call for him instead.
- If you return home and detect evidence that someone as broken in
to your domicile, do not enter the premises and do not scream.
Proceed to the closest neighbor's house and phone and police from
For Frequent Female Travelers
- The above recommendations apply to men and women equally.
However a few additional suggestions are advisory for women.
- Travel on well-lit streets and keep your purse out of sight.
- If you have car trouble in a dark area, lock yourself in and
await the arrival of the police.
- If a stranger stops to give you assistance do not get out of the
- Ask the person to call for help.
- Do not stop & offer help to stranded motorist.
- If you suspect that someone is following you, drive to the police
station or police picket.
- Women are urged not to ask for lift under any circumstances.
- Never pick up a person asking for lift.